Paralegals & Legal Assistants

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Law Associate, Legal Assistant, Paralegal, Paralegal Specialist

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What they do:
Assist lawyers by investigating facts, preparing legal documents, or researching legal precedent. Conduct research to support a legal proceeding, to formulate a defense, or to initiate legal action.
On the job, you would:
  • Prepare affidavits or other documents, such as legal correspondence, and organize and maintain documents in paper or electronic filing system.
  • Prepare legal documents, including briefs, pleadings, appeals, wills, contracts, and real estate closing statements.
  • Prepare for trial by performing tasks such as organizing exhibits.


Arts and Humanities

  • English language


  • administrative services
  • customer service

Safety and Government

  • law and government

Engineering and Technology

  • computers and electronics


Basic Skills

  • reading work related information
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it



  • read and understand what is written
  • communicate by speaking

Ideas and Logic

  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information


People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.

They do well at jobs that need:

  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Initiative
  • Cooperation
  • Adaptability/Flexibility


You might use software like this on the job:

Document management software

  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat Hot Technology
  • Document management system software

Word processing software

  • Google Docs Hot Technology
  • Microsoft Word Hot Technology In Demand

Information retrieval or search software

  • LexisNexis
  • Thomson CompuMark SAEGIS


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
associate's degree or
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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